Meaning of elder statesman
- an influential citizen, often a retired high official, whose advice is sought by government leaders.
- any influential member of a company, group, etc., whose advice is respected.
- any of the political leaders who retired from official office but continued to exert a strong influence in the government and who controlled the emperor's privy council, esp. in the period 1898–1914.
- elder statesman (Thesaurus)